Progressive K-8 School Hires Innovative Leader from a Museum of Creativity

Live Oak School

Live Oak School, a K-8 independent school in San Francisco, CA, announces the hiring of Lianna Kali as its next director of instructional innovation.  For twelve years prior, Ms. Kali worked at The Exploratorium in several leadership roles, including project director of the Tinkering Studio, and content developer and educator for STEAM programs.

This position reports to the head of school.

Meet the new leader

Lianna Kali

Lianna Kali was born and raised on Ohlone Land in the Bay Area and currently calls San Francisco home. Her journey in the world of education started at a young age, working for Camp Galileo while in high school. She realized the potential of joyful approaches to learning and decided that someday her career could take that path.

After pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from Menlo College, her work has focused on the world of informal education. Most significantly, she has spent the last 11 years with the Exploratorium on the Tinkering Studio team, developing and leading programs that combine art, science, technology, and community through making tangible objects and artifacts.  In 2018 Lianna completed a Master’s Degree in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. The program focuses on critical pedagogies and examines the role of power and privilege in educational systems. She is excited to bring this commitment to educational equity to her role of Director of Instructional Innovation, with a focus on the intersections of making and social justice in the ChangeMaker Lab and thoughtful technology integration across K-8.

Beyond her passion for education, Lianna loves to read (particularly Afrofuturist science fiction), cook meals for large groups, and tend to her many houseplants.


Search Dates

Dec 2019 to Feb 2020

Start Date

Jul 2020

Job Position

Director of Instructional Innovation


San Francisco, CA